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Nikolay Noritsyn
N Noritsyn 

Number of games in database: 248
Years covered: 2002 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2512 (2504 rapid, 2527 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2582
Overall record: +99 -53 =49 (61.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 47 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (21) 
    B50 B40 B42 B67 B27
 English (15) 
    A16 A13 A15 A10
 French Defense (11) 
    C18 C01 C02 C11 C19
 Nimzo-Larsen Attack (6) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    E10 A46 A40
 Slav (5) 
    D11 D15 D18 D12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (40) 
    B30 B32 B39 B42 B25
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A40 E00 D02
 Modern Benoni (11) 
    A56 A57 A58
 Philidor's Defense (6) 
 French Defense (6) 
    C03 C02 C01 C00
 English (5) 
    A13 A10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   N Noritsyn vs J Bick, 2007 1-0
   A Martchenko vs N Noritsyn, 2008 0-1
   N Noritsyn vs W Bravo, 2008 1-0
   N Noritsyn vs A Samsonkin, 2008 1-0
   A Abdulwahhab vs N Noritsyn, 2008 1/2-1/2
   S Ademi vs N Noritsyn, 2006 1/2-1/2
   Y Yuan vs N Noritsyn, 2008 0-1
   M Kleinman vs N Noritsyn, 2011 0-1
   A Hambleton vs N Noritsyn, 2011 0-1
   E Casareno vs N Noritsyn, 2009 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   PWC Toronto Open (2009)
   Canadian Closed (2006)
   Canadian Championship (2004)
   The 4eme edition du prix international Le Roi MohamedVI (2023)
   Canadian Open (2007)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)
   FIDE Online Olympiad (2020)
   Batumi Olympiad (2018)
   Chennai Olympiad (2022)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2010 Canadian open by gauer
   2011 Hart House Reading week by gauer

   🏆 Mohammed VI Open
   N Noritsyn vs L Kurmangaliyeva (Aug-17-23) 1-0
   Shirov vs N Noritsyn (Aug-16-23) 1-0
   N Noritsyn vs L Quesada Perez (Aug-16-23) 0-1
   A Choukri vs N Noritsyn (Aug-15-23) 0-1
   N Noritsyn vs Predojevic (Aug-15-23) 0-1

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(born May-28-1991, 32 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Canada)

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An International Master and a FIDE Trainer, he achieved a perfect 9/9 score in the 2008 Toronto Invitational Championship, surpassing a 1983 result by Lawrence Day in the city's history. He also scored 7.5 in 9 games for clear 2nd (surpassing six grandmasters - the exception being first place finisher GM Luke McShane of Britain) in the 2010 Canadian Open.

Nikolay entered the top-10 listing of (active) Canadian players in 2011, capturing 1st with 7/9 in the Quebec open (9), winning the Toronto Thanksgiving open with 5.5/6, tying for 1st-3rd (scoring 5/6 without any losses) with Igor Divljan and Tomas Krnan at the Labour Day classic in Toronto, and again for 1st-3rd with Roman Sapozhnikov and Michael Kleinman at the Guelph Fall ProAm (during the 4th round, his only loss in this tournament netted him 4/5, after defeating his latter opponent of the previous round).

Although opening with a streak of 6 straight wins in 9 rounds, no losses, and a win against the eventual champion, he became runner-up to 2017 Canadian zonal champion GM Sambuev after a rapid-play tie-breaker match set them into extra rounds to decide share of 1st-2nd overall(14).

Team play / Coaching experience

Nikolay signed on with the Toronto Dragons(12) professional chess league near the end of 2016 (which includes Free-agents Bator Sambuev and Thomas Roussel-Roozmon (they do not live close enough to Toronto's suburban area) signed on to their Toronto Dragons(12) team, which includes Gergely Szabo, Kaiqi Yang, Arthur Calugar, Michael Song, Shiyam Thavandiran, Raja Panjwani, Razvan Preotu as well as himself), having experience in teaching private lessons for Strategy Games (1, 2) and the Roman Pelts Chess Academy and in 2011, when he coached a portion of the 40 players for Canada at the (November 17th-27th) World Youth Chess Championship in Brazil (7), including his brother Sergey, who won the Canadian Youth U8 chess championship with 6.5/7.

After winning the Reading Week open with 5.5/6 at the U of Toronto's Grand Hall at Hart House in 2012, their coach Nikolay was back at the 2014 World Youth chess championship, but also simultaneously played the Durban open tournament (10) in South Africa (finishing behind fellow coach and Canadian champion Eric Hansen with 7/11).

His total Olympiad score (8) is 16.5/25 at: Dresden Olympiad (2008) (finishing with 6/8), 4.5/8 (a draw and 4 wins) at the Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010) and 3rd board at Istanbul Olympiad (2012) finishing with 6/9 (5 wins and 2 draws) in Turkey.

References / Sources

(1) Wikipedia article: Chess'n Math Association,


(3) (Canadian zone site),

(4) (Greater Toronto Chess League - GTCL),

(5) (Ontario Chess Association - OCA),

(6) (South-west Ont. Chess League - SWOCL),

(7) (Canadian 2011 WYCC team),

(8) (Olympiad and team chess chronological catalog),

(9) (GM norm achieved),

(10) (Durban open),


(12) (or gives details about Professional chess league members),

(13) (1st round game analysis of their Dragons team battling the Sopranos),

(14) (or with 2017 Canadian zonal results).

Wikipedia article: Nikolay Noritsyn

Last updated: 2021-08-22 11:33:32

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 248  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Noritsyn vs S Thavandiran  1-0872002Father's Day openC01 French, Exchange
2. B Nickoloff vs N Noritsyn  ½-½172002Thanksgiving opD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
3. N Noritsyn vs S Thavandiran  1-0312002Geza Fuster memorialC01 French, Exchange
4. S Thavandiran vs N Noritsyn  1-0432003Toronto ClosedC77 Ruy Lopez
5. T Krnan vs N Noritsyn  1-0342004Ontario OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
6. N Noritsyn vs Tseitlin  ½-½772004Guelph op 3rdA00 Uncommon Opening
7. N Noritsyn vs J MacDonald  1-0282004Canadian ChampionshipC66 Ruy Lopez
8. D Tyomkin vs N Noritsyn  1-0342004Canadian ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
9. N Noritsyn vs S Thavandiran  ½-½1102004Canadian ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
10. T Kret vs N Noritsyn  ½-½502004Canadian ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. N Noritsyn vs R Patterson  ½-½832004Canadian ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
12. H Masse vs N Noritsyn  0-1302004Canadian ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. N Noritsyn vs M Cazelais  1-0392004Canadian ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
14. R Hamilton vs N Noritsyn  0-1622004Canadian ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
15. N Noritsyn vs M Bluvshtein  0-1342004Canadian ChampionshipB69 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6
16. D Filipovich vs N Noritsyn 0-1332004CAN-ch FM playoffA37 English, Symmetrical
17. N Noritsyn vs S Predescu  0-1432004CAN-ch FM playoffB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. D Feoktistov vs N Noritsyn  0-1732004CAN-ch FM playoffD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
19. N Noritsyn vs G Huber  0-1402004CAN-ch FM playoffB42 Sicilian, Kan
20. R Burnett vs N Noritsyn  ½-½532005Guelph Futurity schevB30 Sicilian
21. N Noritsyn vs Ganguly  1-0842005Guelph Futurity schevC19 French, Winawer, Advance
22. Ganguly vs N Noritsyn  1-0422005Guelph Futurity schevB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
23. N Noritsyn vs R Burnett  ½-½342005Guelph Futurity schevB06 Robatsch
24. N Noritsyn vs I Ivanov  1-0512005Guelph FuturityC49 Four Knights
25. R Burnett vs N Noritsyn  0-1372005Guelph opA35 English, Symmetrical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-09-07  beatles fan: Congratulations! Canadian closed champion 2007. Thats really impressive. I remember when you chused my 1600 freind after he had performed well s o far.
Dec-28-07  HardDazedKnight: Nikolai is one of Canada's rising chess stars. It was my great pleasure to meet him at the Chess CA Open in Guelph, Ontario back in September. He performed brilliantly, placing second behind GM Bator Sambuev.
May-04-08  Elxiddicus: Congratulations on a perfect 9-0 score at the Canadian Closed 2008 (a round robin)!
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  Eggman: <<Congratulations on a perfect 9-0 score at the Canadian Closed 2008!>>

??? Surely you are referring to the TORONTO Closed 2008.

Jul-26-08  timhortons: im watching him on the ongoing canadian open 2008 here in montreal and i was looking for a chance to take his picture, but he know for these past few days im wandering around the tournament hall lookin for chances of shot and hes stern looks keeps me distant.
Aug-25-08  ravel5184:
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  Tabanus: Placed 2nd in the Canadian Open 10-18 July 2010:

Aug-02-11  wordfunph: IM Nikolay Noritsyn wins the Quebec Open 2011

May-28-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, IM Noritsyn!


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  Penguincw: Hooray! Nikolay Noritsyn remains the only player perfect at the 2014 Durban Open (4/4). There are 14 GMs and 5 IMs (excluding himself) at the tournament. There are 7 players rated higher than his 2449.

So far at the tournament, he's faced one unrated player, one untitled player, a FM and a GM (Sandro Mareco, who he beat with black). This has gained him 11.3 points. Tomorrow, he'll face Axel Rombaldoni with white.

I don't know how many GM norms he already has, nor if this tournament will give him one, but so far, so good!

Sep-22-14  BIDMONFA: Nikolay Noritsyn


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  Penguincw: Update: Noritsyn ends up with 7/11 (3/7) to wind up in a 10 way tie for 9th (11th after tiebreaks). However, he was not the top performing Candadian in the field: that honour goes to GM Eric Hansen, who beat IM Noritsyn in the last round to wind up at 7.5/11, yet lost 6.6 points. The only other Canadian is FM Andrew Peredun at 6/11 (+1), but lost 20.

Despite his strong performance, which includes a gain of 11.4 points, I don't think this tournament qualifies as a GM norm, due to the overall strength. His TPR is just 2419, even though he's rated 2449 and gained nearly a dozen rating points. :| Nevertheless, congratz. :)

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  Penguincw: Huge win for Nikolay Noritsyn at the Canadian Chess Championship, as he beats leader Bator Sambuev, and is now in sole 2nd with 6/8, half a point behind the leader.
Sep-28-18  gauer: Nice job so far with 4/4 after 5 rounds. The possibility arises in the 6th round that he meets his 1st GM from the host country’s team at this Olympiad - good luck in the 2nd half to team Canada.
Mar-30-19  PhilFeeley: No GM norms yet? His rating is high enough.
Oct-24-20  login:

'.. All our four children play chess, they play a lot of sports – they became American champions in sambo and judo, then there were several years of swimming school, serious drawing, the youngest wanted to learn piano and violin, and now they have introduced programming lessons. The younger ones – they are in the 6th and 10th grades now – there are a lot of home lessons, a lot of additional mathematics. The children participate in mathematical competitions and win prizes.


Life in Canada as a whole is, of course, much calmer. In recent years, a huge influx of the Asian population is evident – its actively reflects on chess, and sets the rhythm in schools, and in universities it creates competition. Despite the mixture of many different nations, with different levels of development (in addition to professional emigration, a huge number of refugees from hostile territories surrounding Israel are entering Canada, which has already begun to change the country’s appearance and the internal state of mind), most still obey the laws. Order is more or less maintained, although crime has, of course, increased over the years, and the houses decorated for Halloween and Christmas have diminished due to changes in the national composition.

There is enough bureaucracy everywhere, especially in the Russian consulate. But everything else is computerized, which makes life much easier. ..'

by Tatyana Noritsyna (Frenkel), Nov 2018, translation from Russian in original by Igor Shustin, for 'Belisrael' (From Israel to Australia. About Jews and everything else)

A game for everyone
(Belisrael site's section dedicated to chess articles)

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